Wow - what an event! The Centre Club hosted the 6th Annual Dueling Chefs Competition last friday night with Chef Gary Moran of Wimauma facing off again Chef Lance Kraebel of Jackson's Bistro all to support the Children's Cancer Center. Both chefs prepared a three-course dinner featuring the secret ingredient - the Poblano Pepper - which falls on the pepper scale somewhere in between a bell pepper and a jalepeno. Prepared by the chefs we saw Poblanos roasted and stuffed, paired with all kinds of ingredients from pork to seabass and in forms such as spoonbread and cheesecake. However, what I think may have taken the "cake" so-to-speak, was the Dulce de Leche, Sea Salt and Roasted Poblano Pie created by Chef Moran, who SWEPT the competition by winning both the Judge's votes and the People's Choice!
In addition to great food, the event featured our wandering Magician, Crash My Event Photo Booth, there was a live auction that included original paintings created by the Cancer Center's kids, as well as wine glass sales, which were also hand-painted by the kids at the Children's Cancer Center and sold at the event to raise additional dollars for the organization. While the numbers are still being finalized, the event certainly raised more than $13,000 for the Children's Cancer Center. Be sure to check out pictures from the event at relivetheevent.com!
We must extend thanks to both restaurants for participating, to Charley Belcher of Fox 13 for serving as Emcee for the event, to our Judges - Nick Peterson, winner of ABC's Bachelor Pad, Bridgette Mill, President and Publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and John Gilem, General Manager of Toyota of Tampa Bay. We had a number of very supportive sponsors, especially the Tampa Tribune and Morgan Auto Group, and we must all take our hats off to the event's chair, Patrick Moraites of Firm Consulting Group. Patrick serves on both the Board of Directors for the Children's Cancer Center and the Board of Governors for the Centre Club, this is his 6th AWESOME Dueling Chefs event. Thank you Patrick and well done by all!
In lieu of our Dueling Chef Competition this Friday, September 21, our kitchen is cooking up delicious lunch features using the competition's 'secret ingredient'. So stop by the club this week for a tasty poblano-inspired cuisine, and don't forget to purchase your tickets today to the Dueling Chef Competition benefiting the Children's Cancer Center.(Hurry! prices increase September 17th) http://dueling_chefs.ettend.com/
Monday: Seared chicked with a squash meadly, and dirty rice with a poblano coulis
Tuesday: Churrasco steak with a sweet potato hash, steamed carrots finished with a poblano chimichurri
Wednesday: Jerked poblano shrimp with confetti rice
Thursday: Poblano chicken curry served with jasmine rice
Friday: Stuffed poblano with sweet barbeque pork
Join us for a battle between the Executive Chefs of two of the Bay area’s best known dining destinations - Jackson’s and Wimauma and help raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Center! Sample dishes made with a ‘secret’ ingredient, and enjoy opportunities to take home heart-warming, original artwork by the Cancer Center’s kids. Tickets include: hors d'ouevres, meal, dessert, 2 cocktails, music, dancing, raffles, live auction, wine pull and more! http://dueling_chefs.ettend.com/
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